Blood Pressure, High
As Blood circulates through the body, it presses against the walls of the
arteries. The force of this action is called blood pressure. When the
pressure is too high, the arterial walls become distorted-they may narrow
or thicken-and an extra burden of stress is placed on the heart.
Blood pressure may temporarily rise from exercise, stress, and emotions
ranging from joy to anger. Usually, the pressure returns to normal once the
situation has passed. In many people, however, blood pressure is high all
the time. More than 50 million Americans have high blood pressure (also
known as hypertension), including almost half of those over the age of
sixty-five. The disorder can lead to very serious conditions, including
stroke, heart disease, diabetes, eye damage, and kidney problems, so it is
considered one of the country's leading health problems.
Sometimes there are symptoms of high blood pressure. You may have
unexplained headaches, nosebleeds, or spells of dizziness or sweating. But
most of the time high blood pressure is completely asymptomatic, so it's
vital that you have it checked regularly. The disorder can strike anyone at
any age, but it is most common among the elderly, African Americans, and
people of all races living in the southeastern United States. If you fall
into any of these risk categories, or if you have a family history of
hypertension, you should be doubly sure to have a routine check and to take
About 90 percent of all cases of high blood pressure is called primary or
essential hypertension, meaning that there is no underlying disease and no
obvious cause. Most likely, a cluster of lifestyle factors is to blame:
diet, lack of exercise, stress, and smoking have all been linked to an
increase in blood pressure. If another disease or condition, such as
cardiovascular disease or kidney, adrenal, or thyroid disorders causes the
problem, it is called secondary hypertension. A very small percentage of
people suffer from malignant hypertension, in which blood pressure can
suddenly soar to extremely dangerous levels.
Essential hypertension can often be controlled with home treatment, but if
you have any kind of high blood pressure, you must be under the care of a
doctor. Talk to him or her about the strategies you want to employ for
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effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to
help Blood Pressure:
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D.
and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
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Take 250 mg as a standardized extract three times
daily. This herb dilates the artery walls and decreases
Super Prescription # 2
Calcium / Magnesium
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These minerals have been shown in studies to lower
blood pressure. Take a combination of 600 mg of calcium
and 300 mg of magnesium twice daily.
Super Prescription #3
CoQ10 – Coenzyme Q10
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Studies show that this nutrient reduces blood pressure.
Take 100 mg two to three times daily.
Super Prescription #4
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Several studies confirm garlic's ability to lower blood
pressure. Take 2,500 mg daily of an aged garlic
Super Prescription #5
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Fish oil reduces blood pressure when taken on a
long-term basis. Take as directed.
Super Prescription #6
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This mineral has been shown in repeated studies to
reduce blood pressure. Take as part of a
salt-substitute product. Otherwise, use up to 2,000 mg
under the supervision of a doctor. Do not use if you
are taking a potassium-sparing diuretic medication or
have kidney disease or serious heart disease.
Super Prescription #7
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Vitamin C has a mild blood-lowering effect and helps
the body detoxify toxic metals, such as lead, which
contribute to high blood pressure. Take 1,000 to 2,000
Super Prescription #8
Blood Pressure Support
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LifeSources's Blood Pressure support is a great
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pressure already within a healthy range. Once your
blood pressure is brought into a healthy range, let us
help you keep it there with this great formula. Take as
directed on the container.
Another promising supplement is Beet
Root. Studies are showing a reduction in high blood pressure when taking beet root powder.
High blood pressure does not usually produce symptoms. If, however, you
experience any of the following, see a doctor:
Shortness of breath
Ringing in the ears
A diet that's high in fat, sugar, and/or salt
Use of alcohol or caffeine and other stimulants
Pregnancy or birth control pills
Underlying medical disorders
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The western diet has a lot to do with hypertension. Following the
suggestions here will make a real difference in your blood pressure and
your overall wellness.
A diet high in fiber is an excellent way to control or reverse high blood
pressure. Your meals should be based around fresh, raw vegetables; soy
products; whole grains, like oats; beans; nuts; and seeds.
Dehydration increases the risk of hypertension, so drink a glass of clean
water every two waking hours.
As you lower your intake of salt, you must also increase your consumption
of potassium. A combination of excess sodium and a deficiency in potassium
has been found in many people with hypertension. Good sources of potassium
include apples, asparagus, cabbage, oranges, tomatoes, bananas, kelp
(Ascophyllum nodosum), and alfalfa.
Apples are superfoods for people with high blood pressure. Not only do they
have high levels of potassium, but they're also a good source of pectin,
which is an excellent type of soluble fiber.
Onions, garlic, and parsley have been known to bring down blood pressure.
They also add flavor to vegetarian meals, so take advantage of their
healing properties daily.
Celery has been shown in animal studies to reduce blood pressure. Consume
up to four stalks a day.
Foods to Avoid
People with high blood pressure generally benefit from restricting their
intake of salt. Salt contains sodium, which causes water retention and
increases the pressure inside the arteries. It is not enough to simply stop
using table salt; you must also cut out all processed and packaged foods,
as well as smoked meats and cheeses, as they are loaded with sodium.
Saturated, hydrogenated, and partially hydrogenated fats cause high
blood pressure and place a terrible burden on your arteries and heart.
Eliminated animal products, margarine, butter, shortening, and refined
Sugar is linked to hypertension. If you do not eat packaged or
processed foods, you will eliminate the largest sources of added sugar
from your diet, but you should also avoid sugary baked goods and limit
your intake of foods that are sweetened naturally.
Overindulgence in caffeine is a cause of high blood pressure. Cut back
on your intake of coffee, colas, chocolate, and caffeinated teas.
Allow yourself no more than one alcoholic beverage a day.
Do a one- to three-day fast every month. Drink a wide variety of juices to
support your fast, including those made from apples, bok choy, carrots,
onions, leafy greens, apricots, cranberries, cantaloupe, papayas, and red
General Stress-Reduction Therapies
Meditation is a cheap, portable technique that you can use anywhere for a
calming effect. You can practice meditation on a regular basis in a quiet
room at home. If you feel your blood pressure rise while sitting at a
stoplight, during a meeting, or while waiting for your teenager to come
home, you can easily spend a few moments paying attention to your
breathing. Meditative breathing won't stop the stress, but it can help you
take a few steps back and view the problem with detachment.
Stress can make your body constrict its blood vessels, making it harder for
blood to get through and thus raising your blood pressure. Biofeedback,
however, can help you identify when you constrict your blood vessels, and
it can train you to relax them.
When you have your blood pressure checked, the doctor or the nurse usually
tells you the two numbers of your reading and whether you have cause for
concern. But most health-care professionals don't take the time to explain
exactly what those numbers mean. Since this is one of the most important
medical test people receive on a regular basis, here's a quick analysis.
The first number is called the systolic pressure. It is measured when the
heart beats and indicates the highest amount of pressure against the
arterial walls. Between heartbeats, the heart is at rest and the pressure
drops to its lowest level. This low reading is called diastolic pressure.
Sample blood pressure reading of 120/80
Systolic pressure = 120
Diastolic pressure = 80
Blood pressure varies with age and fluctuates many times over the course of
a day; it often rises in a doctor's office, when many people feel nervous
or tense. Blood pressure should be taken when you are calm and unstressed,
and it s best to average a total of three readings, taken on different
days. The consensus is that for most healthy adults, 120/80 is normal.
Readings are broken down into several categories:
High normal: 130-139/85-89
Mild hypertension: 140-159/90-99
Moderate hypertension: 160-179/100-109
Severe hypertension: 180 or higher/110 or higher
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